Sculpture depicting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus


Since our founding in 1933, Catholic Charities of Oregon has focused on partnering with underserved and marginalized communities to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. As the professional social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon, we partner with parishes, faith communities, community organizations, government and corporations  throughout the Archdiocese of Portland. We are a member of Catholic Charities USA, the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, and of Caritas International, the network of agencies that make up the charitable arm of the world-wide Catholic Church.

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities of Oregon — the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon — partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Vision for Society

Catholic Charities of Oregon envisions a society in which all people thrive economically, socially, and spiritually; cultivate diverse, respectful, and just communities; and recognize the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.

Vision for the Organization

Catholic Charities of Oregon achieves lasting solutions to poverty and injustice by partnering with clients to meet their economic and educational goals and to support their physical and social well-being.

*Adopted by the Board of Catholic Charities of Oregon March 14, 2013.

Who We Work With

We welcome and serve everyone, regardless of race, religion, or orientation.
For our Partners

We focus on solidarity, love, dignity, family, caring for the world around us, and ensuring that basic life needs are not only met but exceeded and maintained.

For our Volunteers

We focus on making sure that every bit of good is squeezed out of every minute of time given and every dollar spent. We’re effective, caring, and nonjudgmental, and we welcome everyone.

For our Future Team

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we care for our employees so they can take care of others. Together, we work to make a concrete, hands-on difference in our community.

Press Release

Our Crisis of Character

Posted By | Kat Kelley, Director of Strategic Initiatives
I spent a week touring and working in respite centers along the southern border. While we were there, our team tried to help arrivals work through the trauma they had experienced, hoping to alleviate their intense anxiety. In this report, I walk you through the challenges faced by asylum seekers coming to the U.S. and…
Hands gripped around a chain-link fence.

What Is Public Charge? The State of Oregon Addresses Frequently Asked Questions on DHS Rule Change

Posted By | Staff
Background: On August 12, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that it has finalized the new public charge rule. The new rule will take effect October 15, 2019; it is not retroactive. Changes include, but are not limited to, expanding the kinds of public benefits considered in the public charge test. Under the…
View from the State Capitol in Salem

Places to stay cool (interactive map) and resources for recognizing heat-related illness (multilingual)

Posted By | Staff
With temperatures climbing into the high-90s this week, we want to share this interactive map to help you find cool places to stay and this multilingual flyer to help you recognize heat-related illnesses like heat stroke.
A thermometer reaching 100 degrees